Helsinki's sights and attractions virtually

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If you cannot currently visit sights and attractions, you can still experience some of Helsinki's gems through many digital and virtual offerings.

Virtual Helsinki is the digital twin of Helsinki’s city centre that has been created in high-quality 3D, which will give you an ample opportunity to explore the top sights in Helsinki. The experience starts from Helsinki’s famous landmark, the empire-style Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral, and continues to the home of legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The tour ends on the island of Lonna, where you can admire the city skyline and the beautiful archipelago nature.

You can also explore the islands virtually using the Suomenlinna360 presentation and History of the Buildings map. The online features allow you to view the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the air and then explore the historic sea fortress’s tunnels and buildings from the ground.

If you can’t leave your home to visit the animals at Helsinki Zoo on the island of Korkeasaari, then the zoo simply has to visit you! You can explore the island remotely thanks to the zoo’s live broadcasts. New videos are published almost daily, including interviews with the zookeepers.

On the Finnish National Gallery's website you can explore tens of thousands of artworks online.

Selected works of art from the Ateneum Art Museum’s collections can also be toured with an audio guide. All of the museum’s audio guides are available online free of charge. The museum has teamed up with Apu magazine to present 11 famous Finnish artworks with which you don’t have to be alone. You can take the tour together with Kimmo Ohtonen on the Apu website.

You can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma not only on the Finnish National Gallery website but also via the museum’s own online art collection, Kiasma Online Art. The Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA has also compiled on its website lots of creative things to do and interesting things to see that you can enjoy from home. 

The Helsinki City Museum has published over 1400 new works online that could previously be seen only within the walls of the museum. The works include art, posters, postcards and blueprints. They can all be accessed on the Helsinki City Museum’s Finna website.

The Natural History Museum and the botanic gardens at Kaisaniemi and Kumpula can be visited online using Google Maps. The easiest way to access the virtual tours is by searching for the locations on Google Maps or clicking on the links above.

HAM Helsinki Art Museum's sculpture bank contains information on a total of 500 sculptures located in Helsinki. In addition to basic information (the title of the work, the name of the artist, year of reveal, location), the bank includes background information on the works as well their location on the map. HAM also offers sculpture trails you can follow either online or outdoors.

Amos Rex presents a virtual tour of their current exhibition Egypt of Glory on their webpage. The exhibition is displayed in two places at once: at Amos Rex in Helsinki and Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. The unique, two-part exhibition is based on the Museo Egizio’s collection, the largest collection on Egyptian art and culture outside of Egypt.

Theatre Museum offers a range of virtual materials that can be enjoyed at home, including a 360º virtual tour that also works with VR headsets. The A B C of Theatre feature lets you try on costumes and experiment with different styles virtually. The museum’s website also presents several online exhibitions, including “Emotions and Elegance”, which describes in photos the theatre scene in Viipuri in the 1930s, and “Tragedy in Time”, which explores ancient Greek tragedies performed on stage in Finland. All the virtual materials can be found on the Theatre Museum pages. 

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If you cannot currently visit sights and attractions, you can still experience some of Helsinki's gems through many digital and virtual offerings.